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Kasia Pawelek

REALTOR®, PhD
The Prominence Team℠ Leader

Beaufort, Hilton Head Island,
Bluffton, Hardeeville, & Ridgeland

Buyers are beginning to return in force this spring to Hilton Head & Bluffton area

According to the Hilton Head Area Association of REALTORS (HHAAR):

For much of the country, the first quarter of 2019 provided several disruptive weather patterns that contributed to less foot traffic toward potential home sales. Coupled with low affordability, higher prices and an inventory situation in its infancy of recovering from record lows – not to mention several more days of wintry weather in April – slower sales persisted across most residential real estate markets.

However, buyers are beginning to return in force this spring. For well-priced homes in desirable locations, competition is fierce.

New Listings were down 1.6 percent to 662. Pending Sales increased 7.3 percent to 588. Inventory grew 4.8 percent to 2,403 units.

Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 2.4 percent to $319,250. Months Supply of Inventory was down 1.8 percent to 5.4 months, indicating that demand increased relative to supply.

The national unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent during April 2019, the lowest level since 1969. A historically low unemployment rate can provide reassurance to wary consumers. But in order for sales to increase on a grand scale, buyers will need more spending power, or sellers will need to reduce prices to land where buyers are most active. Neither situation is likely to occur in 2019, yet inventory is straining to keep pace in the most competitive price ranges. To add to the comprehensive report from the HHAAR and to show my perspective I can confirm that we are experiencing higher demand from buyers especially from the northern part of the US & California. They are attracted by the natural beauty of Hilton Head/Bluffton area, weather, location, affordability, and LOW PROPERTY TAXES. All the reasons why I made Hilton Head/Bluffton area home for my family and me. Here is a LINK to the full report from HHAAR.

Kasia Pawelek

REALTOR®, PhD
The Prominence Team℠ Leader

Specializing in Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, & Hardeeville

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